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Volume 10 : 6 June 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

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Teaching English Language and Literature in
Non-Native Context

Smita A. Mujumdar M.A.

The Goal of This Paper

There are varieties of English but English literature produced by the native speakers or writers has remained an important, original, standard and accepted variety of English.

At the same time, teaching English literature and literature written in English by non-native writers also has gained importance and worldwide recognition. This literature has become an important phenomenon of English in current global scenario.

Literature has been included in the syllabi of higher education since long time and it is continued even now. In many parts of the world today, there is a great demand for English language learning as it is a language of international communication of business, commerce, science, technology and higher education. However, the fact is that English language teachers face certain difficulties and problems in non-native contexts.

Therefore, recognizing the need of the significant role of an English teacher and literature, this paper attempts to discuss the need, difficulties and remedies in teaching English literature in non-native contexts and finally makes a statement on the importance of literature.

Teaching of English Literature: Need, Purpose and Importance

It is seen that all over the world, the study of English literature is included in educational system even in non-native English-speaking countries such as India. It would be better to examine first, why English literature is studied and being taught even in their non-native identities.

The reason for the need and purpose of study of English literature may possible in its increasing reputation as the literature of world language. With this, the native English Literature is considered essential and important as part of the learning process of the English language. It might be learned and studied for its literary aspects, to know and enjoy, English in original native expressions and to be acquainted with the works of great literary masters.

English literature has always been looked upon with high regards for its variety of subjects, style, reflection of life and magnitude. Mostly the aesthetic beauty and the utility of language proficiency is the main reason behind the inclusion of literature in language study.

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Smita A. Mujumdar, M.A.
Department of English
Shivraj College
Gadhinglaj 416502
Dist. Kolhapur
Maharastra, India

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